India to become self-sufficient in pulses, oilseeds: Radha Mohan Singh

Better quality seeds and technologies to boost yields

by Natasha Nadkar

The agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh has stated that India will become self-sufficient in pulses and oilseeds production in the coming years. He said that the government is taking steps to boost yields through use of better quality seeds and technologies. The government also aims to make agriculture "income-centric" as part of its target to double farmers’ income by 2022. India imports over five million tonnes of pulses and 14.5 million tonnes of vegetable oils every year to meet domestic demand, spending huge amount of foreign currency. The minister believes that the country will become self-sufficient in pulses production in next 2-3 years as the sowing area continues to be higher in the current year as well. Further, more than 600 krishi vigyan kendras (KVKs) across the country will help to boost productivity and production of oilseeds.

References
1. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/india-will-become-self-sufficient-in-pulses-oilseeds-radha-mohan-singh/articleshow/59618899.cms
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